Cheers to you family, friends and colleagues!
I believe we can all agree that 2020 has been a year like no other. We hope with all our hearts that you have been able to weather the many hardships and heartbreaks that this year has forced on so many.
Yet, despite the many challenges, I believe this year has offered some truly unique personal blessings.
Jen and I challenged ourselves to seek the proverbial silver lining of 2020 so here are a few of our highlights:
Jen reconnected with five high school friends and they found over their monthly Zoom cocktail hour that their friendship has deepened with age, maturity and life experience.
Jen was reminded that in times of crisis there are individuals that rise to the occasion and do good to assist those less fortunate. She was especially impressed by Pandemic of Love, a grassroots all volunteer organization established on March 14, 2020 by one individual which has grown into a network of over 1000 volunteers worldwide to match the needs of those in crisis with donors that can assist.
Jen has become a futurist. After seeing the real casualties of the pandemic, working class people, minorities and women who have left the workforce in droves to care for children losing their economic place, she is committed to restructuring society. She takes with her into 2021 a spirit to research best practices, a contemporary communal living situation as an example. She takes with her the resolve to align with organizations that are committed to creating a system that works for us all collectively.
For me, 2020 has been a year of introspection. For anyone who knows me well, I’m always planning my next fête but since this has been strictly curtailed during the pandemic, I have dedicated time at home and have completed (finally!) a professional project that has been four years in development. Completion of this professional writing project has inspired my next project, my memoir. Onward and upward!
I’ve discovered that in a lot of ways, exercising at home is easier than at the gym. You roll out of bed, pull on your exercise ensemble and load your favorite class onto the computer. Done. If it’s a live class, I might brush my hair. After trying different classes, I’ve found that Kundalini Yoga adds enormously to my life. It’s not only a physical but also a spiritual practice which has helped me maintain my equanimity during this period.
While I have certainly done my fair share of Netflix binge watching, I made a commitment to read many of the non-fiction spiritual titles that I’m always drawn to but tend to sit on my shelf for years on end and I’m so glad I did. Obviously my self knowledge has deepened but I’ve never been more aware of the interconnectedness of all life. I am so incredibly grateful for this shift and will live this spirit in 2021 and beyond.
To closing in its own incredible way the year 2020 and taking the many lessons learned into 2021!
We will resume our fabulous adventures in Los Angeles and beyond when it is safe to do so.
Until then, our very best to your health and happiness.
Jan and Jen
Photo Credit: Diana Hrabowecki